# Quotes and Sayings about *Arithmetic*

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**If scientific reasoning were limited to the logical processes of arithmetic, we should not get very far in our understanding of the physical world. One might as well attempt to grasp the game of poker entirely by the use of the mathematics of probability.**"

- Vannevar Bush

(Related: Arithmetic, Mathematics, Poker, Understanding, World)

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**I refer, of course, to the debts our nation has amassed for itself over decades of indulgence. It is the new Red Menace, this time consisting of ink. We can debate its origins endlessly and search for villains on ideological grounds, but the reality is pure arithmetic.**"

- Mitch Daniels

(Related: Time, Arithmetic, Debate, Nation, Reality)

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**Music is the arithmetic of sounds as optics is the geometry of light.**"

- Claude Debussy

(Related: Music, Arithmetic, Geometry, Light)

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**Crystals grew inside rock like arithmetic flowers. They lengthened and spread, added plane to plane in an awed and perfect obedience to an absolute geometry that even stones - maybe only the stones - understood.**"

- Annie Dillard

(Related: Arithmetic, Flowers, Geometry, Obedience)

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**The analysis of variance is not a mathematical theorem, but rather a convenient method of arranging the arithmetic.**"

- Ronald Fisher

(Related: Arithmetic)

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**God does arithmetic.**"

- Carl Friedrich Gauss

(Related: God, Arithmetic)

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**The problem of distinguishing prime numbers from composite numbers and of resolving the latter into their prime factors is known to be one of the most important and useful in arithmetic.**"

- Carl Friedrich Gauss

(Related: Arithmetic, Numbers)

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**We have the most crude accounting tools. It's tragic because our accounts and our national arithmetic doesn't tell us the things that we need to know.**"

- Susan George

(Related: Arithmetic, Tools)

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**The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.**"

- Eric Hoffer

(Related: Arithmetic, Blessings)

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**It is comforting to reflect that the disproportion of things in the world seems to be only arithmetical.**"

- Franz Kafka

(Related: World)

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**Many who have had an opportunity of knowing any more about mathematics confuse it with arithmetic, and consider it an arid science. In reality, however, it is a science which requires a great amount of imagination.**"

- Sofia Kovalevskaya

(Related: Imagination, Science, Opportunity, Arithmetic, Mathematics, Reality)

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**Schools are really bad now. Schools are not only bad in reading, writing and arithmetic, they're worse in cultural aspects, like in music and art. They don't teach you anything.**"

- John Kricfalusi

(Related: Music, Art, Arithmetic, Now, Reading, Schools, Writing)

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**Arithmetic! Algebra! Geometry! Grandiose trinity! Luminous triangle! Whoever has not known you is without sense!**"

- Comte de Lautreamont

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**The concentration and reciprocal effect of industry and agriculture conjoin in a growth of productive powers, which increases more in geometrical than in arithmetical proportion.**"

- Friedrich List

(Related: Growth, Agriculture, Effect)

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**The numbers may be said to rule the whole world of quantity, and the four rules of arithmetic may be regarded as the complete equipment of the mathematician.**"

- James C. Maxwell

(Related: Arithmetic, May, Numbers, Quantity, Rules, World)

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**He who refuses to do arithmetic is doomed to talk nonsense.**"

- John McCarthy

(Related: Arithmetic, Nonsense, Talk)

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**In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.**"

- Mignon McLaughlin

(Related: Love, Arithmetic, Nothing)

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**This is a tricky domain because, unlike simple arithmetic, to solve a calculus problem - and in particular to perform integration - you have to be smart about which integration technique should be used: integration by partial fractions, integration by parts, and so on.**"

- Marvin Minsky

(Related: Arithmetic)

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**Algebra is the metaphysics of arithmetic.**"

- John Ray

(Related: Arithmetic, Metaphysics)

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**Arithmetic is where the answer is right and everything is nice and you can look out of the window and see the blue sky - or the answer is wrong and you have to start over and try again and see how it comes out this time.**"

- Carl Sandburg

(Related: Time, Arithmetic, Right, Sky, Wrong)

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**What would life be without arithmetic, but a scene of horrors?**"

- Sydney Smith

(Related: Life, Arithmetic)

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**I was always looking ahead. I used to do all kinds of things for entertainment. When I was young, we had no radio, no TV. We were 30 miles from the public library, out in the sticks in Western Kansas, and so I'd do arithmetic exercises.**"

- Clyde Tombaugh

(Related: Arithmetic, Entertainment, Public)